Protesters Across Mass. Honor George Floyd in Marches, in Chanting, in Silence

Events calling for racial equity and denouncing police brutality, which have remained peaceful in recent days, continue in Boston

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Demonstrations denouncing racism following the death of George Floyd took place across Massachusetts Thursday as activists push for change amid anger over police brutality against black people.

Hundreds of people took a knee in silence at a vigil in support of Black Lives Matter around a major Jamaica Plain intersection. The First Church at Jamaica Plain's bells tolled nine times to mark the 8 minutes, 46 seconds that George Floyd was pinned to the ground in Minneapolis by a police officer.

Several peaceful protests against racism and police brutality took place across Massachusetts Thursday.

Organizers, who had urged participants to wear masks and social distance, deployed volunteers to keep people out of the roads, and traffic was able to continue through the quiet intersection. Protesters were set to stay silent for 30 minutes.

Another silent vigil, honoring black lives, was being held at Adams Park in nearby Roslindale, and it drew scores of people as well.

Other demonstrations and protests calling for justice following Floyd's death took place across the state Thursday, including in Fall River, Newton, Taunton, Woburn and Marlboro.

More than a thousand people peacefully protested in Taunton, where a large police presence was seen outside of the police station. Local businesses boarded up windows just in case anything happened.

And in Newton, hundreds of protesters blocked off Washington Street and chanted the names of Floyd and other black people who have recently been killed by police.

The events come amid nationwide protests calling for systemic change following the death of Floyd. The four police officers involved in his death are now facing charges, including a second-degree murder count against the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck.

Hundreds of protesters circled the Boston Common and parts of downtown Wednesday in the city's latest event to denounce police brutality and call for the end of structural racism.

Hundreds of people gathered on Boston Common, with many participating in a die-in for George Floyd.

At one point protesters staged a die-in, in which everyone laid on the ground silent for nearly 9 minutes, representing the amount of time Floyd is seen in a widely-shared video pinned to the ground by a white Minneapolis police officer before he died.

"As a mother, it hurts like hell. As a woman, it hurts. As a lover, it hurts. As a person, it hurts. Who's got the right to take someone's life?" protester Olivia Martin said at the rally.

Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, addressed the crowd at George Floyd's memorial service on Thursday in Minneapolis.
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